CommunicationsDirect News Daily Update - November 02, 2007

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MTS Aims for National Wireless as Revenues Stall

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Canadian telecoms operator Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) is seriously considering entering the local mobile market as the country's fourth wireless operator, but will not decide until it sees the government rules for an upcoming spectrum auction, news sources reported on Thursday (1 November). According to the same reports,...

China Netcom Opens Office in U.K. Capital

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China Netcom, China's second-largest fixed-line carrier, has opened a London office that will serve as its European headquarters, according to the Financial Times. Netcom is looking to use its global telecoms network to serve the voice and data needs of Chinese companies with operations in Europe, as well as the telecoms needs...

BSkyB 1Q Profits Fall As Company Feels Pain of Virgin Rupture

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LONDON -- British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC said Friday profit fell 28 percent in the first quarter the company severed a distribution agreement with Virgin. BSkyB company reported a net profit of 84 million pounds (EU121 million; US$175 million) in the three months ended Sept. 30, down from 116 million pounds in the same period...

AT&T Launches MOTO Q Global

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AT&T has announced the exclusive availability of Motorola's MOTO Q global handset. The MOTO Q global is a high-performance smartphone, which includes an integrated Qwerty keyboard, UMTS/HSDPA network compatibility, Windows Mobile 6, built-in GPS, a 2.0-megapixel camera and support for a host of both enterprise- and...

Tellabs, Carrier Access Joint Backhaul Effort Stalls

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The wireless backhaul product developed jointly by Carrier Access and Tellabs has been snubbed by the operator for which it was created, Carrier Access revealed this week. "The solution was developed for a specific customer that informed us they are looking at alternative technologies--in effect, halting, at this...

Verizon Leads the Great 100-Mbit/s Bandwidth Race

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With Verizon Communications Inc. announcing a five-fold increase in the amount of HD channels on FiOS TV next year, it again brings to light that consumer bandwidth is a growing concern. And, in the U.S., Verizon is the only major carrier betting consumers will want 100 Mbit/s to their homes in the near future. ...

Sprint Halts 'Pivot' Expansion

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Sprint Nextel Corp. has decided to stem the expansion of "Pivot" -- a wireless service offered in tandem with Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc., Cox Communications Inc. , and Bright House Networks -- as provisioning issues continue to mount. Speaking Thursday during the company's third-quarter conference...

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